After being diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), women often feel isolated and alone, left with little information and a lack of real support. The symptoms are embarrassing and it’s not something we as women tend to speak about. It can be challenging to find other women with the same diagnosis. However, you are NOT alone!
Here are 5 things you need to know about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome:
1. DIET, EXERCISE AND MINDSET ARE THE BEST MEDICINE FOR PCOS
Hormones can be re-balanced if you change your diet, mindset and lifestyle. A lot of women have done it, and so can you! Research suggests that diet and lifestyle changes are MORE effective than medication in managing PCOS. The best “diet” is one that is nutrient dense, has a good balance of carbs, protein and good fats, has low glycemic index (low GI), and contains no diary, refined food and sugar.
2. DRINK SPEARMINT TEA
This is life saver, due to its anti-androgenic properties. A study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that drinking spearmint tea can help reduce hirsutism, or excess body hair, by reducing free and total testosterone levels and increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) levels. I suggest having 1-2 cups per day and always look of organic brands.
3. MAKE SURE TO EAT ENOUGH FIBRE
You should always make sure you eat enough fibre through fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Studies show women with PCOS benefit most when eating 25g to 30g of dietary fibre. So make sure you fill up on leafy greens and fruits to add fibre into your diet.
4. EAT SOME PROTEIN
By eating lean protein through fish, lean meat and nuts you will satisfy your appetite so you feel full. Adding protein to your diet is also a metabolic booster which is helpful for women with PCOS. So make sure to add lean protein to each meal!
5. STAY POSITIVE
Just because you have PCOS does not mean you cannot lose weight, and get in the best shape of your life. Stay positive and realise you can accomplish anything. Obstacles are only there if we allow them to be. So get on a healthy plan that works for you.
Melissa Madgwick is a 30 year old woman who is on other side of healing from polycystic ovarian syndrome. Her life now revolves around health. She is an avid health advocate who specialises in working with women who suffer from PCOS and eagerly helps others overcome the PCOS disease holistically. She teaches other women to heal and recover from PCOS naturally. For more information go to How To Heal PCOS Naturally – A Real Life Story or www.healmypcos.com.